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Wilton, Connecticut (Part 3 of 3)

Wilton, Connecticut
(Part 3 of 3)

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Wilton High School Arrests

As the best Wilton Connecticut juvenile criminal lawyers know, Wilton High School is the only public high school serving the Town of Wilton. In 2013, Wilton High School was ranked the 6th best public high school in Connecticut according to the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Nearly 1300 students are currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12.

Much like many of the other Fairfield County Connecticut public schools, Wilton has a full time police officer in the building each day. The officer is called a School Resource Officer (also called an SRO). The SRO’s job is to coordinate cooperation among the students, the police department, and all levels of the school’s administration, in order to ensure the safety of the Wilton High School students, faculty and staff. The SRO also handles any criminal matters on the school’s property. As the best Wilton Connecticut criminal defense lawyers understand, an SRO has the authority to arrest a student, although they typically try and avoid an arrest whenever possible.

Wilton Connecticut Juvenile Court Arrests

When a Wilton Connecticut high school student is arrested, the criminal court where they are required to appear depends on your child’s age. Any student 17 and under will likely be required to report to the Stamford Juvenile Court, while students 18 and over will have to appear in adult court at the Norwalk Superior Court. Either way, as any top Wilton Connecticut criminal lawyer would explain, an arrest of a Wilton High School student can result in a suspension or expulsion from the Wilton public school system. School discipline such as expulsion or suspension must be taken seriously, as it can detrimentally impact your child’s college application or employment prospects. Click here to learn more about hiring a Connecticut school discipline lawyer.

It is always a good idea to contact a top Wilton juvenile lawyer or top Wilton school discipline lawyer to assist your family during this process. The stakes are high so you should make the extra effort to learn about the charges and accusations being waged against your child, and the rights and remedies you have in trying to get these cases dismissed.

Trackside Teen Center of Wilton Connecticut

Trackside is Wilton’s local teen center. It was originally founded as a safe haven for teens to get together and socialize in an alcohol-free and substance-free environment. Alcohol, drugs and cigarettes are strictly prohibited. At Trackside, teens can attend various meetings, have a snack with friends in the cafe, watch a movie in the theater, play in the game room, or just relax. The center also offers classes that teach baking and study skills. There are also a number of substance-free parties hosted where teens can get together, as well as a band night where the teens can perform music for others.

Wilton Connecticut Arrests for Possession and Distribution of Alcohol

Although Trackside provides a substance-free venue to host parties, some Wilton teenagers are still determined to host underage drinking parties at private homes or public parks or parking lots. In Connecticut, if you are under 21 and you purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol, or possess alcohol, then you can get a ticket or summons in Wilton Connecticut for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor under C.G.S. § 30-89. Under this section, even teens that have not purchased alcohol, but are found possessing it in a public space, or motor vehicle, can be issued a criminal court summons. Any Wilton Connecticut teenager ticketed for 30-89 Possession of Alcohol by a Minor will be responsible for a fine that ranges between $200 and $500 and may lose their driver’s license. Click here for more information on arrests in Wilton Connecticut for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor under CGS 30-89.

If you are a Wilton Connecticut and provide alcohol to anyone under 21, or host an underage drinking party, then you can be arrested in Wilton Connecticut for felony Providing Alcohol to a Minor under C.G.S. § 30-86. This crime prohibits anyone from selling, delivering, giving or providing alcohol to an individual under 21 years of age. Violations under this section carry fines of up to $3,500 and jail sentences of up to 18 months. Click here for more information about getting arrested in Wilton Connecticut for distribution of alcohol under Connecticut social hosting laws.

A rather surprising fact about Wilton is that it was a dry town until 1993, meaning that alcohol was not permitted to be sold in town. It was not until 2010 that Wilton’s liquor stores were able to sell and distribute alcohol. This recent change in attitude has caused Wilton Connecticut police to be extra vigilant in making arrests for distributing alcohol to minors under CGS 30-86.

The Wilton Connecticut Criminal Lawyers at the Mark Sherman Law Firm

So if you have been arrested in Wilton Connecticut for DUI / DWI, Domestic Violence, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Alcohol by a Minor, or Distribution of Alcohol to a Minor, then you should contact a Wilton Connecticut criminal lawyer at Mark Sherman Law. We appreciate how living in a small town like Wilton Connecticut can subject you to unnecessary scrutiny by Wilton Police. That’s why the Wilton criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law will try and get your Wilton Connecticut arrest dismissed as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. So give us a call today at (203) 358-4700 for a consultation.